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Denton leads the way as Plymouth College impress at South West Biathlon Championships

PLYMOUTH College’s international pentathlete Annabel Denton has made an impressive start to her season with two gold medals this month.

Denton was crowned under-17 British modern triathlon champion and then followed that up by winning the South West biathlon title.

The triathlon event was held at Tudor Grange in Solihull and sees competitors compete in the swim and laser-run aspects of a modern pentathlon.

Denton clocked 2:21.50 for her swim before coming through to seal the title with the best laser-run time of the field, clocking 9:45.93.

The Great Britain star was even more dominate at the South West Biathlon Championships at Millfield School, where she clocked the fastest swim and run times to comfortably win the under-17 title. In the same event her Plymouth College team-mate Lisa Sophie Axmann came fourth.

There was also biathlon titles for fellow Plymouth College pupils Chloe Olford and Williams Sum.

English Schools’ steeplechase silver medallist Olford took victory in the under-19 girls’ event. She was third fastest in the swim but no-one could match her running ability.

Sum, meanwhile, took the junior men’s crown at Millfield, while team-mate Samuel Mills-Shute was second in the under-19 event.

There was also a silver for fellow Plymouth College pupil Fynn Baker in the under-12 boys’ event. He finished just behind Taunton’s Thomas Webb in a strong field, with school colleague Oliver Wheatcroft ninth.

Also winning silver medals were Mount Kelly athletes Matilda Purnell and Matilda Riggott.

Purnell’s came in the under-12 event, with Riggott taking second in the under-13 competition.

In the under-15 girls’ contest, Tavistock athletes Charlotte and Hannah Walker came second and third, while Florecne Riggott was fourth in the under-11 girls’ competition.

There was a top eight finish for Plymouth College’s Frazer Oliver in the under-17 boys’ category.

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